Mini reviews
From Staff Reports
Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Extraordinary Measures (PG): A married couple (Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell) turn to a researcher (Harrison Ford) to help find a cure for the rare genetic disease afflicting their children. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

LEGION (R): After God figures out that mankind is no longer worthy of him and decides to start over, the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) helps a group of mortals (including Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Tyrese Gibson and Lucas Black) fend off the Apocalypse. Evans, Aiken,, Augusta Exchange

THE TOOTH FAIRY (PG): After bad behavior lands him in trouble, a minor-league hockey player (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is sentenced to serve as a real-life tooth fairy for a week, complete with wand and tutu. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

TO SAVE A LIFE (PG-13): Evans

MORE THAN A GAME (PG): Begins Friday at Masters


2012 (PG-13): It's the end of the world as we know it. Masters

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (PG): The annoying computer-animated film has an annoying sequel. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

AVATAR ( ***1/2, PG-13): James Cameron's live-action/animation 3-D hybrid centers on a war between blue-skinned aliens. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE BOOK OF ELI (R): Denzel Washington stars as a man wandering a bombed-out planet and carrying the possible key to mankind's future. This is more Mad Max territory than The Road. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS ( ****, PG): About a town where food rains from the sky. Masters

COUPLES RETREAT ( **, PG-13): A skimpy comedy that is more adult than its rating indicates. Masters

DAYBREAKERS ( *1/2, R): A scientist (Ethan Hawke) tries to find a cure for a plague that has turned the bulk of the human population into vampires. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

IT'S COMPLICATED (PG-13): Comedy about a divorcee (Meryl Streep) dating an architect (Steve Martin) and her ex (Alec Baldwin). Evans, Augusta Exchange, ends today at Aiken

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN ( **1/2, R): A father whose family is murdered takes revenge on criminals and the legal system. Masters

LEAP YEAR ( **, PG): A woman tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend to propose hatches a scheme to make sure they spend Feb. 29 in Ireland, where tradition allows women to propose. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

THE LOVELY BONES (PG-13): A murdered teen narrates the tale of her death and her family's life after it. Augusta Exchange, Evans

NINJA ASSASSIN (R): Martial arts mayhem with South Korean action star Rain. Masters

PLANET 51 (PG-13): Little green people of a faraway planet fear they're about to be invaded when an astronaut from Earth (Dwayne Johnson) makes landfall. Masters

SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG-13): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary detective gets a 21st century makeover. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE SPY NEXT DOOR (PG): Jackie Chan is a spy who baby-sits the neighbor kids while defending the world from an arch villain. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

STEPFATHER (PG-13): Mom marries a psycho. Masters

THE BLIND SIDE ( **1/2, PG-13): Homeless teen is taken in by a wealthy couple (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw) as part of a college-football recruitment program. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

THE INVENTION OF LYING (PG-13): Ricky Gervais develops the ability to lie. Masters

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG ( ***1/2, G): The Walt Disney Co. gets back to old-school, pen-and-ink animation. Augusta Exchange, Evans

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON ( ***, PG-13): After the vampire Edward leaves, Bella finds comfort in the arms of a werewolf. Evans

YOUTH IN REVOLT ( **1/2, R): Michael Cera plays Nick Twisp, who rebels against his family in a spectacular, uncharacteristic manner in order to win the heart of a free-spirited girl (Portia Doubleday). Evans, last day Augusta Exchange


DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? ( *1/2, PG-13): Manhattanites witness a mob hit and are relocated for their protection to Wyoming. But just because they are running for their lives doesn't mean they can't hate each other. Augusta Exchange, Evans

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE ( ***, PG): A boy in a wolf suit is adopted by a clan of monsters. Ends today at Masters

UP IN THE AIR ( ****, R): As the frequent-flying "career transition counselor" (translated, that means: the suave bully you hire when you're scared to fire employees), George Clooney gives the performance of his career. Augusta Exchange, Evans

From the Thursday, January 21, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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